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    Descriptive info: /.. Desiring God Blog.. : Posts on Recommendations.. Subscribe to.. All Blog Posts.. This Category.. Clothed in Righteousness.. Josh Etter.. March 27, 2011.. R.. C.. Sproul has written a beautiful hymn that you might consider using in your personal, family, or congregational worship:.. Fallen race in Eden fair, exposed and full of shame.. Fled we naked from Thy sight, far from Thy holy name.. Sent from the garden to the east, outside of Eden's gate, Banished there from Thy pure light were Adam and his mate.. Scarlet souls are now like snow by Thy atoning grace.. Crimson hearts become like wool for Adam's fallen race.. No work of ours is good enough for evil to atone.. Your merit, Lord, is all we have.. It saves and it alone.. Chorus.. Clothe us in your righteousness, hide filthy rags of sin, Dress us in Your perfect garb, both outside and within.. The.. shee.. ….. Joshua Project.. March 26, 2011.. In this morning's message at the Ligonier Confernece, Pastor John recommended checking out.. as one tool to help engage our hearts and minds in the cause of world missions.. If you aren't familar with Joshua Project, it is a leading research initiative that highlights the most unreached ethnic people groups of the world.. By identifying these people groups and the progress of evangelism, the Church is guided in fulfilling the Great Comission mandate to make disciples of all nations.. A couple of really helpful tools that Joshua Project provides is a.. complete listing.. of ethnic people groups represented in the world, and an.. active list.. (updated weekly!) of the unreached ethnic pe….. How to Get God's Attention.. Isaiah 66:2 —.. But this is the one to whom I will look.. : he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.. I.. O.. U.. S is one prayer that helps us to humble ourselves before reading God's Word.. You might consider printing it out and sticking it in your Bible.. Piper explains:.. Ask God to.. ncline.. our hearts to him, not to money or fame or power (Psalm 119:36),.. and to.. O.. pen.. our eyes to see wonderful things in his Word (Psalm 119:18),.. and to.. U.. nite.. our hearts in the fear of God rather than let them be fragmented over a dozen concerns (Psalm 86:11),.. S.. atisfy.. us with his steadfast love (Psalm 90:14).. The Importance of Being Under the Ministry of the Word.. March 24, 2011.. At our.. 2008 National Conference.. , Sinclair Ferguson connects the way we talk to the ministry of the Word in our lives:.. Here's an excerpt:.. The most important single aid to my ability to use my tongue for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ is allowing the word of God to dwell in me so richly that I cannot speak in any other accent.. Dear brothers and sisters, that's why it is so important for you at the practical level to be under a ministry of the Word where the Word of God is really preached, and preached in the grace and truth of the Holy Spirit.. Watch, listen, or download the whole sermon, ".. The Tongue, the Bridle, and the Blessing: An Exposition of James 3:1-12.. ".. Piper on the Role of Poetry in the Christian Life.. Jonathan Parnell.. March 18, 2011.. Desiring God's staff  ...   exhortation about smartphones.. , this is one app to wield in fighting fire with fire.. An.. Android® app.. is also available.. Learn more about Bible memory at.. FighterVerses.. com.. , where you can see weekly verses and subscribe to the devotional blog.. You can also find Bible memory helps, review tools, downloadable resources, songs, audio, and tips for launching a church-wide memory program.. Tim Keller's.. King's Cross.. : A Review.. Michael Johnson.. February 23, 2011.. My oldest daughter compares Tim Keller to.. Pixar.. : when they both release new material, you just know it’s going to be great.. Since.. The Reason for God.. (2008), Keller and the.. Redeemer City to City.. team have produced four eagerly anticipated books.. Now they’re launching the.. Redeemer imprint.. with.. King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus.. A narrative of the Gospel according to Mark culled primarily from previous sermons,.. King’s Cross.. is.. an extended meditation on the historical Christian premise that Jesus’s [sic] life, death, and resurrection form the central event of cosmic and human history as well as the central organizing principle of our own lives….. [Its purpose is] to tr….. : A Review body=http://www.. desiringgod.. org/blog/posts/tim-kellers-kings-cross-a-review">.. Piper's Foreword to Crabtree's.. Practicing Affirmation.. Foreword:.. Practicing Affirmation: God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not God.. The point of being created in the image of God is that human beings are destined to display God.. That’s what images do.. And the point of being redeemed by Jesus, and renewed after the image of our Creator, is to recover this destiny.. But why? Surely not so that God’s handiwork in his people would go unnoticed or unpraised.. If God is sovereign, and every good gift is from above, then not praising the good in others is a kind of sacrilege and soul-sickness.. When our mouths are empty of praise for others, it is probably because our hearts are full of love for self.. This is what I mean by soul-sickness.. Le….. body=http://www.. org/blog/posts/pipers-foreword-to-crabtrees-practicing-affirmation">.. Piper on Technological Temptations to Distractedness.. February 21, 2011.. Following up on Piper's.. facebook post.. , he earlier spoke about the challenges technology poses to Bible reading and prayer at the 2011 Desiring God Conference for Pastors:.. Newest.. Newer.. 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. 5.. 6.. 7.. 8.. Older.. Oldest.. Best of the Blog.. Questions to Ask When Preparing for Marriage.. 10 Resolutions for Mental Health.. Motherhood Is a Calling (And Where Your Children Rank).. John Piper Interviews Rick Warren on Doctrine.. Letter to an Incomplete, Insecure Teenager.. How to Glorify God at Work.. Beware: The Bible Is About to Threaten Your Smartphone Focus.. What to Do If You Wake Up Feeling Fragile.. Sexual Sin in the Ministry.. The Mega Millions Lottery Is a Suicidal Craze.. Don’t Give Up.. The Story of Ian & Larissa.. We Know They Are Killing Children—All of Us Know.. Ten Big, Daily Reminders.. Single, Satisfied, and Sent: Mission for the Not-Yet Married.. Seven Things to Pray for Your Children.. From Radical Lesbian to Redeemed Christian.. The Truth (About Abortion) Will Set You Free.. When the Not-Yet Married Meet: Dating to Display Jesus.. 14 Free eBooks for You.. A Song for the Suffering (with John Piper).. Drafted: Why Chris Norman Said No to the NFL.. Parents, Require Obedience of Your Children.. Browse by Year.. 2013.. 2012.. 2011.. 2010.. 2009.. 2008.. 2007.. 2006..

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    Descriptive info: A Call to Be Truly Missional.. January 17, 2011.. Many of you reading this are living alongside us in a post-Christian Western culture.. One where the term.. evangelism.. is a bit outdated and to be.. missional.. is in vogue.. Europe and North America have become more and more like a mission field—but a post-Christian, rather than pre-Christian field.. We now need a more missions-like engagement even on battleground here on the home front.. There are pros and cons to the missional mindset.. Our churches must pursue mission among our own people.. There is always an intensifying need for the gospel around us.. The danger is focusing exclusively on this to the neglect of the nations.. We can’t be truly missional without preserving a place for, and giving ….. The Emergence of Legal Christian Publishing in China.. Michael Haykin.. January 16, 2011.. This article first appeared in the January 2011 issue of.. The Banner of Truth Magazine.. Reprinted here by permission.. One of the more remarkable facts about the history of the church is that some of its most significant events were barely noticed at the time of their occurrence.. Examples are not hard to find.. In the early church, for instance, the attention of the most powerful inhabitants of the Roman Empire was focused on the political and military accomplishments of their day and they gave scant attention to the persecuted band of men called “apostles.. ” Yet two thousand years later it is clear that, by the grace of God, those twelve men had a far more powerful impact than anything the Ro….. Conrad Mbewe: The African Spurgeon?.. January 8, 2011.. When he was in South Africa in October, alongside giving his.. message at Lausanne.. , John Piper spoke at two smaller conferences: Piper 2 Leaders, and Rezolution 2010.. We posted the audio of these Piper messages at that time.. What we didn't post (.. until now.. ) was the audio of the other man who spoke at these events: Conrad Mbewe, pastor of.. Kabwata Baptist Church.. in Lusaka, Zambia—a.. k.. a.. the African Spurgeon.. Why is he called the African Spurgeon? The comparison isn't so new.. A.. 2003 article.. in World Magazine (full text.. here.. ) popularized the connection and gave some explanation:.. Mr.. Mbewe isn't sure why listeners compare him to the British "Prince of Preachers.. " Perhaps it is because Mr….. 2011 Bible Reading Plans.. December 31, 2010.. Last year David Mathis outlined several good plans for people wanting to read through the Bible in a year.. They're worth mentioning again, so I have reproduced the list (with minor updates) below.. Of course, there are tons of other plans out there.. Just google ".. Bible reading plan.. " and you'll get pages of results of all different kinds, for personalities and lifestyles and needs of all different kinds.. [Update:.. Justin Taylor's post today.. brings together some  ...   doing this through his sermon ".. I Have Kept the Faith.. Below is the conclusion of that sermon.. Just plug in "2010" and "2011" where you read "1980" and "1981," and the content is still relevant 30 years later.. So, how did we do in 1980? If 1980 were the whole of our life, could we say with Paul, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.. Henceforth ther….. Three Features of Free Grace.. In.. Miscellanies #191.. , Jonathan Edwards defines.. free grace.. as the kind of grace in which "the abundance of the benevolence of the giver is expressed, and gratitude in the receiver is obliged.. " Then he outlines three ways through which this kind of grace—which he also calls.. gospel grace.. —is realized (spacing and italics added):.. Now I think these three things do constitute the freedom of grace.. (1) When the gift is to an offender,.. without satisfaction paid by him.. (2) When 'tis given without retribution by way of condition, or.. without the receiver's profiting or pleasuring the giver.. (3) When 'tis given.. without our worthiness.. ; I mean without that excellency in our persons or ….. How to Grow in Grace in General and in Particular.. December 26, 2010.. When Preaching Becomes Plagiarism.. December 21, 2010.. When has a preacher crossed the line into plagiarism in his sermon?.. Matt Perman, senior director of strategy at DG, has posted.. his response.. today at.. The Gospel Coalition Blog.. It follows in a series on plagiarism that began earlier this week, which also includes posts by.. Don Carson.. ,.. Sandy Willson.. Tim Keller.. , Glenn Lucke and Collin Hansen (the last two forthcoming; read Hansen's.. introduction.. to the series).. After explaining his answer, Matt gives this encouraging takeaway:.. Just be free about letting people know the sources of your ideas and where you have learned things.. This doesn’t diminish your credibility at all, and in fact benefits your listeners and the church by letting peopl….. A Good Way to Think of the Love of Christ.. December 20, 2010.. Jonathan Edwards explains how romantic love helps us understand Jesus' feelings towards the church (.. Miscellanies #189.. , spacing added):.. We see how great love the human nature is capable of, not only to God but fellow creatures.. How greatly are we inclined to the other sex! Nor doth an exalted and fervent love to God hinder this, but only refines and purifies it.. God has created the human nature to love fellow creatures, which he wisely has principally turned to the other sex; and the more exalted the nature is, the greater love of that kind that is laudable is it susceptive of; and the purer and better natured, the more is it inclined to it.. Christ has an human nature as well as we, and ha….. 4.. 5.. 9..

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    Descriptive info: Lloyd-Jones: A Preacher's Preacher.. May 5, 2007.. One of the greatest preachers of the 20th century was Martyn Lloyd-Jones, pastor of Westminster Chapel, London for 29 years until his retirement in 1968.. He died March 1, 1981.. But his writing and preaching continue.. There is very little great preaching today.. Most of us are too bent on being good communicators to be good preachers.. We are too clever and too funny.. Where is the preacher today whom most hearers would put into this category:.. We are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life.. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not,….. The Missionary Heart.. April 26, 2007.. Karen Watson wrote her own epitaph.. Its message has stirred me up to pray for more radical devotion to Christ.. She has not died in vain.. She was a Southern Baptist missionary to Iraq and was killed by unknown assailants March 15, 2004.. I am mentioning it now simply because I was reading the book.. Lives Given, Not Taken: 21st Century Southern Baptist Martyrs.. ,.. by Erich Bridges and Jerry Rankin.. In it I ran across the letter that Karen wrote and left behind in an envelope that said "Open in case of death.. " It said in part:.. Dear Pastor Phil and Pastor Roger,.. You should only be opening this in the event of death.. When God calls there are no regrets.. I tried to share my heart with you as much.. Texts to Pray for Our Children.. April 24, 2007.. Recently a good friend shared with me these verses that he and his wife have prayed for their two daughters (now teens) since they were babies.. I find them very helpful and have included them in my prayer folder for my children.. I thought I’d pass them along to you as well.. (Thanks, Chris!).. That Jesus will call them and no one will hinder them from coming.. Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray.. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.. ” And he laid his hands on them and went away.. (Matthew 19:13-15).. That they will re.. 40-Day Guided Fast..  ...   Storms.. He has a new website that I want you to know about.. But be careful.. You may find sentences.. like this one.. :.. If you haven’t read.. Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist.. (Multnomah Publishers, 2003 edition), repent, close down this website, and go purchase that volume.. No, Sam.. Bad advice.. Don't repent.. Don't close down the.. Enjoying God Ministries.. websit….. Willpower Is Not Enough.. March 28, 2007.. Sam Storms is on the Edwardsean and biblical wavelength when it comes to understanding the role of joy in radical God-centered Christian living.. If you don't know Sam's website you might want to.. It's called.. The reason I mention it now is that I love this sentence from the newsletter I got from him today.. He quotes Dave Smith, summarizing Sam's book,.. Pleasures Evermore.. : “When it comes to living a successful Christian life, and resisting the power of temptation, simply saying ‘No! No! No!’ won’t suffice.. We must learn to say ‘Oh! Oh! Oh!’” In other words, being amazed at God is essential to fighting sin.. Pierced for Our Transgressions.. February 27, 2007.. One of my joys during the sabbatical last spring in Cambridge was meeting with two of the authors of the upcoming book.. by Mike Ovey, Steve Jeffery and Andrew Sach.. Their vision for the truth of what Christ achieved for us and what the needs are in British and American Evangelicalism were so compelling that I agreed to write.. the foreword.. for their book.. I recommend the book to you.. If you share the belief that we lose the gospel if we lose the substitutionary, wrath-averting triumph of the cross (Romans 8:3; Galatians 3:13; Isaiah 53:4-6) then you may want to order the book and visit their web site.. On December 21, 2005 when I was told to get a biopsy for pro….. Piper's Foreword in Anyabwile's Book.. February 5, 2007.. One of the speakers at the Desiring God Conference for Pastors is.. Thabiti Anyabwile.. , the pastor of the First Baptist Church, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (90 miles south of Cuba).. He has written a book entitled.. The Faithful Preacher: Recapturing the Vision of Three African American Pastors.. I wrote the foreword mainly because the book embodies so many of my values.. According to the Crossway Books web site the book is due out March 12.. Here.. is my Foreword in the hopes of enticing you to get the book.. 12.. 13.. 14.. 15.. 16..

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  • Title: Desiring God Blog : Posts on Conferences - Desiring God
    Descriptive info: : Posts on Conferences.. When the Vine Really Became Precious.. November 4, 2013.. I am the vine; you are the branches.. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.. (John 15:5).. It was a July morning in Manila in 1985 when union with Jesus really became precious to me.. I know right where I was sitting having devotions in the courtyard of the YWAM outpost.. I was a twenty-year-old struggling to understand how Christ’s work and mine worked together.. What really made me acceptable to God? Something taught in the Discipleship Training School class I was taking that week had confused me, and I had been praying earnestly about it.. In my devotions, I had been slowly making my way through John’s Gospel, and chapter 15 wa….. The Remarkable Reality of Union with Christ.. October 16, 2013.. It may be the most important doctrine you’ve never heard of.. So says Kevin DeYoung about the reality of “union with Christ” — and sadly it seems he’s right.. But hopefully you aren’t among that number — and have not just heard about the doctrine, but begun to taste the practical fruit of this wide and wonderful reality.. As Sinclair Ferguson says about union with Christ, “Of all the doctrines surrounding the Christian life this, one of the profoundest, is also one of the most practical in its effects.. ”.. Even though union with Christ too often has been under-emphasized, more and more pastors and laymen are talking in recent years about union with Christ.. And we want to add kindling to that fi….. 15 Quotes from the C.. S.. Lewis Conference.. October 9, 2013.. As we finish uploading all the audio and video of the C.. Lewis conference online for you in the next few hours, here’s a sampling of fifteen quotes from the conference talks that caught our attention.. These will give you a flavor of what to expect when you enjoy the conference recordings for yourself (soon).. UPDATE: All the.. conference media.. is now available.. Douglas Gresham.. , conference introduction video —.. This year the conference is titled, “The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life, and Imagination in the Work of C.. ” Jack, my stepfather, would be pleased by your organization’s name: Desiring God.. For perhaps the most important element that led to his own conversion was a stra….. Lewis Live-Stream Free for All.. September 27, 2013.. UPDATE:.. See available.. audio.. and.. video rebroadcasts.. At long last, we gather this weekend in Minneapolis for the Desiring God 2013 National Conference.. The fullest experience will be on the ground in Minnie, but we’re kicking the doors wide open across the Worldwide Web for all to stream  ...   with him if he were still alive.. Would Lewis’s imposing logic have made it difficult? Perhaps Lewis was too welcoming to figures outside the bounds of orthodoxy?.. In the latest five-minute video, Keller and Piper ponder these points together.. More on C.. Lewis from Desiring God:.. When (Seemingly) Opposites Meet: Keller and Piper on Lewis.. Keller and Piper Talk C.. (ten-minute video).. Shane & Shane Invite You to Our National Conference.. July 25, 2013.. Musical artists.. Shane Shane.. will be leading an evening of corporate worship at our upcoming.. National Conference.. in September.. this short video.. , they invite you to join us.. A special.. early-bird rate.. for the Desiring God 2013 National Conference on C.. Lewis ends at 11:59pm Friday night.. Announcing Our 2013 National Conference.. (conference information).. Tim Keller and John Piper Talk C.. (video).. Introducing the C.. Lewis “Small Talks”.. July 23, 2013.. Lewis has been called the “Romantic Rationalist” because he brings together two seemingly opposite things.. He is both rationally sharp and imaginatively brilliant, which is a rare combination.. In this five-minute video, Tim Keller and John Piper talk about some remarkable juxtapositions in Lewis and his influence on their lives.. Lewis is available if you register by July 26.. Alive to Wonder: Celebrating the Influence of C.. (ebook).. July 18, 2013.. We want this conference to be the next best thing to visiting Narnia for yourself.. The Desiring God 2013 National Conference, September 27–29 in Minneapolis, is taking up the theme “The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life, and Imagination in the Work of C.. ” Plenary speakers are John Piper, Douglas Wilson, Phil Ryken, Kevin Vanhoozer, and Randy Alcorn.. And now, in addition to four Friday afternoon seminars, we’re introducing a dozen 10-minute mini-talks inspired by Lewis’s life and work.. We’re calling these “small talks,” well, because they’re small compared to the 60-minute plenaries and 45-minute seminars.. We’re asking our small-talkers to sound off for just 10 minutes or less, and w….. Are We Fascinated with Lewis’s Fame or His Influence?.. July 10, 2013.. The video below introduces the amazingly influential C.. Lewis and invites you to our National Conference on Lewis, September 27–29.. If your time is short, just go straight to the video.. But if you wonder why we should even care about Lewis’s influence, you might want to read these few paragraphs.. Lewis’s profound influence on so many people was not owing to his aberrations from evangelical doctrine.. Aberrations there were.. But that was not the spring of his influence.. It was in spite of that.. So the quest to understand the depth and extent of his influence promises riches even for those of us who prize the doctrines where he was weakest.. Some people are influential because they att….. 1..

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  • Title: When the Vine Really Became Precious - Desiring God
    Descriptive info: In my devotions, I had been slowly making my way through John’s Gospel, and chapter 15 was that day’s reading.. As I read it that morning, Jesus’s words exploded off the page.. It almost felt like Jesus had sat down next to me and spoke John 15.. He is the Vine, and I am a branch (verse 1).. Yes, I need to bear fruit, but I can bear zero fruit on my own (verse 4).. I can’t even prune myself (verse 3).. I need to be.. in.. him so that he can be.. me, and I need the Father to cut off all that is extraneous.. Apart from my Vine, I can do nothing (verse 5).. It was one of those moments when a number of things suddenly made sense to me.. The joy and freedom I experienced was beyond words.. My Vine and Vinedresser were my only hope.. I could work out my salvation if God was at work in me to will and work his good pleasure (Philippians 2:12–13).. I couldn’t have told you that day that I  ...   you know this truth, it will set you free (John 8:32).. That’s why I can hardly wait for the.. Desiring God 2014 Conference for Pastors.. (February 3–5) because the theme is.. “The Pastor, the Vine, and the Branches: The Remarkable Reality of Union with Christ.. To think that hundreds of teachers and preachers will soak in this most precious of doctrines, and bring it back to tens of thousands of their people, is thrilling!.. So, pastors and leaders, please join us and be deeply refreshed! The.. early-bird registration rate.. ends on November 11, a week from today.. We’re praying that God will use your refreshment at this conference to bring joy and freedom to tens of thousands of others!.. Topic:.. Identity in Christ.. Jon Bloom (.. @Bloom_Jon.. ) is the author of.. Not by Sight: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Walking by Faith.. and serves as the President of Desiring God, which he and John Piper launched together in 1994.. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, Pam, their five children, and one naughty dog.. Edit..

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  • Title: The Remarkable Reality of Union with Christ - Desiring God
    Descriptive info: And we want to add kindling to that fire.. What Is Union Anyway?.. Simply put,.. union with Christ.. is the theological term for the believer’s being joined to Jesus by the Holy Spirit through faith.. In fulfillment of God’s ancient promise,.. I will be your God, and you will be my people.. , union with Christ is, according to John Frame, “the most general way of characterizing Jesus’s work of salvation.. ” The way in which all that Jesus accomplished for us gets applied to us is through our being connected to Jesus, our being “in” him.. Our union with Jesus by faith is how the objective accomplishments of his life, death, and resurrection two millennia ago come to be subjectively applied to other humans, whether Peter, Paul, Mary, Augustine, Luther, Spurgeon, or us who believe in the 21st century.. A Pastors Conference Dream Come True.. Two voices who have helped get this vital doctrine back on the radar, and into its proper place, are Sinclair Ferguson and Michael Horton.. We dreamed that maybe they’d help us explore the glories of this doctrine at our upcoming.. , and they both agreed.. So Monday to Wednesday, February 3–5, 2014, Ferguson and Horton will join forces with John Piper under the banner,.. We’d love to have you mark your calendar, make arrangements,  ...   Tripp, Preaching the Gospel to Yourself.. 2:00 – 2:45 PM Pre-Conference.. Paul Tripp, Living the Gospel That You Preach.. 3:00 – 3:45 PM Seminars.. Jared Wilson, The Promise in Pastoral Weakness.. Kempton Turner, The Pastor’s Purity and Pleasure.. Rick Gamache, Pastoring Your Wife and Kids.. David Mathis Jonathan Parnell, How to Stay Christian in Seminary — And Any Season of Waiting.. 7:00 – 8:30 PM.. John Piper, Glorifying God by Bearing Fruit in Union With Christ (John 15:1–11).. Tuesday, February 4.. 8:30 – 10:00 AM.. Sinclair Ferguson, Union with Christ: Mind-Renewing Foundations.. 10:30 – 11:30 AM.. Michael Horton, Calvin on Union with Christ.. 1:45 – 3:00 PM.. Sinclair Ferguson, Union with Christ: Life-Transforming Implications.. Michael Horton, Union With Christ and the Communion of Saints.. Wednesday, February 5.. 8:30 – 10:15 AM.. John Piper, The Ministry of Hudson Taylor As Life in Christ.. 10:45 – 11:45 AM.. Speaker Panel, Questions Answers with Horton, Ferguson, and Piper.. For more on union with Christ, especially as it relates to sanctification, see the introduction to.. Acting the Miracle: God’s Work and Ours in the Miracle of Sanctification.. and John Piper’s post “.. The Stupendous Reality of Union with Christ.. ”.. For more information on the conference — or to take advantage of the “early bird” rate by Monday, November 11 — see.. the event page..

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  • Title: 15 Quotes from the C.S. Lewis Conference - Desiring God
    Descriptive info: For perhaps the most important element that led to his own conversion was a strange and powerful longing that he felt throughout his life.. Though for many years he did not know what this was a longing for, in the end, he came to see that all along it had been a desire for God.. , first plenary, “C.. Lewis, Romantic Rationalist: How His Paths to Christ Shaped His Life and Ministry” —.. What was Lewis doing in all his works? He was pointing.. He was unveiling.. He was depicting the glory of God in the face of Jesus.. He was leading people to Christ.. The two paths he knew best were the paths of.. romanticism.. rationalism.. —.. longing.. logic.. So these are the paths on which he guided people to Christ.. Joe Rigney.. , seminar, “Live Like a Narnian: Christian Discipleship in C.. Lewis’s Chronicles” —.. We are, all of us, en-storied creatures, living our lives in a narrative, which means our lives have directions, trends, and trajectories.. And Lewis is mindful of the fact that these trajectories are governed by an Author who is not mocked, who tells us that we will reap what we’ve sown.. … Lewis is clear: we are always sowing the seeds of our future selves.. We are embarked, heading in a particular direction, and sooner or later we are bound to end up there.. Edmund reminds us that we might not like the destination at the end of our road.. When it comes time to reap, we may find ourselves tied to a tree with a dagger at our necks.. But, of course, Edmund’s story isn’t a tragedy.. Yes, it’s true; reaping always follows sowing, like night follows day.. But in this case, Aslan reaps what Edmund has sown.. Edmund’s treachery, Edmund’s spite, Edmund’s beastliness is thrown onto Aslan and the Lion bears it away in his death at the Stone Table.. This is the Magic of substitution, the Deeper Magic that turns traitors into kings, that turns beastly boys into just and wise men, the kind of magic that changes our stories forever.. Devin Brown.. , small talk, “A Quick Look at the Best of ‘Screwtape’” —.. Long before there was Narnia there was Screwtape.. For the one and only time in his life, C.. Lewis appeared on the cover of.. Time Magazine.. (1947), pictured with a devil over his shoulder.. The Screwtape Letters.. is the book that put him on the cover.. Randy Alcorn.. , plenary, “C.. Lewis on Heaven and the New Earth: God’s Eternal Remedy to the Problem of Evil and Suffering” —.. Why does Reepicheep the mouse want to go to Aslan’s country? To be with Aslan.. It is all about Jesus.. We are made for a person and a place.. Jesus is the person, heaven is the place — but the place is meaningless if Jesus isn’t there.. on Tolkien’s.. The Lord of the Rings.. , as quoted by Piper in his first plenary —.. I’ve never met Orcs or Ents or Elves — but the feel of it, the sense of a huge past, of lowering danger, of heroic tasks achieved by the most apparently unheroic people, of distance, vastness, strangeness, homeliness (all blended together) is so exactly what living feels like to me.. Particularly the heart-breaking quality in the most beautiful places, like Lothlorien.. Kevin Vanhoozer.. , plenary, “In Bright Shadow: C.. Lewis on the Imagination for Theology and Discipleship” —..  ...   today; you sometimes get the sense they’re standing a little bit in authority over Scripture.. You don’t get that sense with Lewis.. : And a lot of people today who are Christian leaders are drifting; they have grown up holding to truths they’re now departing from, their trajectory is.. away from the gospel.. Lewis came from atheism, moving to agnosticism, theism, came to a life-changing faith in Christ — he was growing in his life.. He came from a world where he didn’t have the doctrinal reference points.. His trajectory was, in my opinion,.. toward the gospel.. , small talk, “The Lie of Realism” —.. Lewis wrote fantasy stories because he thought, correctly, that that’s what the world is really like.. The lie of realism is that somehow we’ve let people name ‘important fiction’ in which there is no soul, no spirit, no supernatural — “realistic.. ” In realistic fiction, there can be no magic, no supernatural, no God, no soul to the character.. … We’re on a rock, mostly molten lava, flying through outer space at about mach-86 right now, like a yo-yo being swung around a ball of fire in the sky.. That’s our setting.. What kind of story are we telling? We’re in the sci-fi fantasy section of the bookstore.. Douglas Wilson.. , plenary, “Undragoned: C.. Lewis on the Gift of Salvation” —.. I don’t feel safe around anything when Jesus is not the Lord of it.. Calvinism without Jesus is deadly; it’s fatalism, it’s simply Islam.. We need Jesus.. When the precious doctrines [of Calvinism] are used to perpetuate gloom, severity, introspection, accusations, morbidity, slander, gnat-stringing, and more, the soul is not safe.. as quoted by Sam Storms in his small talk —.. Fully to enjoy is to glorify.. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.. , final plenary, “What God Made Is Good — And Must Be Sanctified: C.. Lewis and St.. Paul on the Use of Creation” —.. Eating food becomes worship by acts that terminate on God not merely on food.. Thanking is.. for.. food, but.. to.. God.. Believing is believing in.. and his Son Jesus Christ.. Knowing terminates on.. truth.. and ultimately on.. Eating is not worship.. Eating becomes worship — through knowing and believing and thanking.. The created world is not an end in itself.. It finds its meaning when people, created in God’s image, use it with a mind that knows God, and a heart that believes in and thanks God.. I’m suggesting, along with Lewis, that of all the possible ways that God could have revealed the fullness and diversity of the supreme value of his being, he concluded that a physical world would be the best.. The material creation was not God’s way of saying to humankind: “I am not enough for you.. ” It was his way of saying: “Here is the best garden where more of what I am can be revealed to finite creatures.. The juiciness of a peach and the sweetness of honey are a communication of myself.. Inspiration and Inerrancy of the Bible.. Tony Reinke (.. @tonyreinke.. ) is a content strategist at Desiring God, blogger, the author of.. Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books.. (2011) and.. John Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ.. (2015), and hosts the.. Ask Pastor John.. Authors on the Line.. podcasts.. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, Karalee, and their three children..

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